Riseberga Abbey Ruins

Fjugesta, Sweden

Riseberga Abbey was a nunnery founded by the Order of Cistercians around the year 1180. The land property of the abbey was donated by Earl Birger Brosa in 1202. After his death Brosa’s wife, Queen consort Brigida Haraldsdotter, moved to Riseberga and she was one of the most famous nuns in the abbey. Brigida has also buried there.

Riseberga became soon very rich and powerful abbey. In the 13th century it owned 224 farms, mines, churches and other properties. In 1384 it was anyway plundered, probably by mercenaries. The destruction began in 1527 when the abbey was returned to the Crown during the Reformation. Former nuns lived there until 1534. The abbey was destroyed by fire in 1546. Later abbey ruins were used to build other buildings nearby. Today only one wall stands still.



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Founded: ca. 1180
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)


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Stina Walberg (12 months ago)
Beautiful ruin, it's well taken care of and very child friendly. We loved the plants on top of the ruins, it gave the place a very homely feel. The view is beautiful.
Simon Larsson (2 years ago)
An interesting spot with plenty of signage telling about the different parts of the ruins and the history of the place (including summaries in English and German).
Kristina Kempe (2 years ago)
Follow the path through the beautiful surroundings with thousands of white sedges and verdant trees and bushes that lead to an old monastery ruin where St. Bridget is said to have lived and worked. Well worth a visit. Don't miss the theatre, which is in the other direction from the car park.
Kevin Rowland (2 years ago)
A interesting place to visit. A good picnic area. And a nice ALC (geocache).
Frej Petersson (3 years ago)
Most sacred place I have been to ?
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